How important is it to stop and see if you need time-out to re-charge your batteries? We are all human beings and even the fittest and most healthy of us will tire at some point. But most of us are just ordinary people trying to fit in extraordinary amounts of tasks, thoughts and conversations into an increasingly shorter 24 hour period.
By checking in with your body and mind on a regular basis you can become aware of when tiredness isn’t alleviated by a good night sleep. Checking in can be a mindful practice including a full body scan practice, however it doesn’t need to be a lengthy exercise and can be done in a minute or two. I have got into the habit now of doing this in 20 seconds two or three times a day to compare how I’m feeling throughout the day. Be careful not to allow your mind to use the overpowering burdens of your to do list to influence this, try to go beyond this and have all your attention on your physical body to see how it is feeling. The great thing is that no-one needs to know you’re even doing it!
Going back then, to that point where tiredness isn’t alleviated by a good night sleep – this is the point at which you would ideally do something about it. Maybe you could book a holiday, take a couple of days off to rest or an afternoon to sit in the garden with a good book; at the very least you could take a long soak in the bath or practice some meditation.
There are many things you can do to feel refreshed and revived, and most of them will involve not thinking about your to do list. So anything that takes your mind off this, even if it involves extensive thinking about something else, will give your mind a break. This is why meditation is so useful, especially if done on a regular basis. By having something else to think about (if you’re following a guided meditation) or by thinking of nothing at all (which yes, admittedly does take practice) your mind is given a rest from chasing the usual suspects in your to do list – and a mental rest is often just what most of us need!
There are times, however, when this is not enough and you really do need to physically rest your body. With regular observation of the body and how it’s feeling, you should be able to pick up when physical tiredness is becoming more than just noticeable. And here you really should be doing something to help yourself – the body needs to rest, it cannot keep going endlessly; it needs to repair itself, to re-build muscles and blood cells and clean the digestive system etc. All these things happen when you rest and if you don’t allow your body to look after itself it will start to go wrong – pain and illness will become issues and the longer you ignore this the more serious it could be.
The good news is you can prevent this (or even prevent things from getting worse if they’ve already started) by getting to know your body’s warning signs and doing (even little) things to help it. By knowing that your knee is more sore today than yesterday, which is more painful than the day before, you can make the decision that running every day is maybe not right for you and to take a day off. I don’t mean give up but a bit of a rest!
So look after yourself by starting to create a habit of checking in with your body regularly to see how it is genuinely feeling. You might need to set a reminder on your phone or make it part of your morning or evening bathroom routine but this simple practice might turn out to be one of the most important things you do all day.
If you would like further guidance on mindful body scan practices or guided meditations then please drop me a line through the contact tab above or click here to drop me an email.
If you’re in need a of a little pampering, spiritual development or exploration, then this is not to be missed. The setting is very rural, so peace and quiet and a connection with nature is a given. The farmhouse is energised and welcoming – so is the kitchen table, which will be groaning with goodies (mainly homemade) – sweet, savory, gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available as we want everyone to feel included.
These open days were started by us, a group of friends who share a passion for spiritual and holistic development. We are in the picture above – Claire, Denise, Gill, Barbara, Gaynor and me (Anne). We wanted to share our passion with others – as many as possible really, so if you’re reading this and are interested, or know someone who may be, then jump to the contact details at the bottom of this article and give us a call to book. You don’t even have to have a treatment, you can just come and soak up the atmosphere, and if there are still spaces available you can book something on the day. Otherwise you can sit in the kitchen with a cup of something delicious and chat with like-minded people, knowing that if you want to discuss or find out about the higher conciousness or duality or connecting with the inner self, then you are in the best company and will not be given sideways looks as we often do in other company!
The ‘treatments’ we offer include: reflexology, CKT, sound healing, Reiki, numerology, tarot readings, meditation groups (in the garden if the weather is good) and native american medicine card readings. As well as the treatments and nice things to eat and drink, there will lovely things to purchase too: a good selection of crystals and gifts, Neal’s Yard Organic Remedies (with a consultant on hand to answer questions), homemade creams as well as a charity raffle. All proceeds from the raffle and donation pot on the table will be going to the Road Victim’s Trust (RVT).
If you would like to book a treatment or would just like to come along and meet us, then please contact Claire or Gill on the details below and they will be pleased to give you directions.
To book appointments please go to the end of this post
So what does that actually mean? Well, in November last year I held my first open day to showcase the Neal’s Yard Christmas gift collection. But the day developed into much more than that, I brought together like-minded therapists who were each able to offer the visitors something different. They gave the visitors a chance to relax, unwind and pay themselves some much-needed love and attention in the busy run-up to Christmas. Hence the name of the last day – Love yourself before Christmas.
In May, I’m picking the best of the Neal’s Yard products to help prep the skin and body for showing it off in the summer – so exfoliation, toning and detoxifying are the main themes.
I’m a convert to learning to love yourself. What I’ve learned, is that if you can love yourself, you can then learn to love everything and everyone around you – which begins to make even the most difficult people and situations easier to cope with. But sometimes we need a little boost, a little something to make us feel a bit better first – whether that’s a treatment or guidance, a Neal’s Yard blue bottle to take home and pamper yourself with or a chat and a piece of cake – I hope you’ll find something to help your loving journey at this Love yourself before Summer holistic pamper day.
This time our therapists are offering 30 minute taster treatments for just £12: